R Kelly’s lawyer confirms singer’s marriage to Aaliyah when she was 15

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R Kelly’s lawyer confirms singer’s marriage to Aaliyah when she was 15

This news comes after years of denial (Picture: Getty)

R Kelly’s lawyer has finally confirmed the long-kept rumour that the musician married Aaliyah when she was 15.

Steve Greenberg appeared on Good Morning America where he addressed the recent allegations of rape, abuse and statutory rape made about his client on the Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R Kelly.

He was asked if the Ignition singer, real name Robert, was ever in a relationship with a woman who was below the age of consent, to which Greenberg replied that Kelly ‘absolutely’ denied being with an underage girl.

Presenter Lindsey Davis went further, and asked him explicitly: ‘Was he married to Aaliyah when she was 15?’

Greenberg responded: ‘He was married to her when she as 15. Elvis was married to Priscilla.’

Singer/actress Aaliyah. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Aaliyah died at the age of 22 following a plane crash (The LIFE Picture Collection)

This refers to a marriage between Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla, who was 16 years old when she married the rocker.

Davis continued to press Greenberg, and asked him, ’15 is not of the age of legal consent, right?’

Greenberg defends R Kelly however, by claiming the star didn’t know she was underage.

‘Right,’ he went on to say, ‘except my understanding is that she did not claim to be 15. And in order to get married she had to lie about her age.’

R Kelly is embroiled in controversy as a number of women claiming to have been abused by the rapper came forward in a Lifetime documentary (Picture: Waring Abbott/Getty Images)

‘And he [R Kelly] is saying he had no idea,’ replied Davis.

‘No idea,’ Greenberg confirmed.

Greenberg’s statement seems to contradict a 1994 interview on BET with R Kelly and Aaliyah that made mention of the fact that she was in high school at the time.

Earlier in the interview Greenberg said he hoped the rapper would sue Lifetime ‘for defamation, because people should not be able to do this to someone.’

Vibe first broke the story of Aaliyah and R Kelly’s marriage in 1995, and Jovante Cunningham, the rapper’s former dancer, claims she saw Kelly having sex with Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old.

‘[I saw] things that an adult should not be doing with a child,’ she said. ‘He was having sex with Aaliyah.

‘[You] get on the bus there are bunks and these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anyone to see you sleeping.

‘It just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. It was prank time when the door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.’

Aaliyah’s family and R Kelly denied this happening, and denied that the pair got married despite a marriage certificate which claimed Aaliyah was 18 instead of 15 at the time.



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